E! has given an early season two pickup to its first original scripted series, "The Royals," starring Elizabeth Hurley and Vincent Regan as Queen Helena and King Simon, it was announcced today during the NBC Cable portion of the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena. The series, which is set to premiere on the network on Sunday, March 15, will also add Universal Cable Productions as co-producing partner alongside Lionsgate Television Group.
"The Royals" marks E!'s first entry in the original scripted drama series game when it premieres Sunday, March 15, and as the network highlights the annual Christmas address by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley), who says, "I'm supposed to tell you what a wonderful year it's been. I'm supposed to smile and stick to the script. But the truth is, as a family, as a monarchy, we're hanging on by a thread," we can't help but prepare to witness the next great soapy drama!
In tonight's episode of "Gossip Girl," entitled "It Girl, Interrupted," Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) is looking to remove herself from the spotlight as part of the popular entourage known as the Upper East Siders now that she's been tasked as the newest behind-the-scenes *ish maker for the group (aka: Gossip Girl herself). "One Life to Live's" David A. Gregory appears in the episode as Aidan, the boy toy of Diana Payne (guest star Elizabeth Hurley, who returns as the founding editor of the fictional Spectator newspaper).